The Portage Cottage on Balsam Lake

Kirkfield, Ontario, Lake Ontario, Kawarthas

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  • 4Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 9Guests
  • Parking Spots
  • 241 m2Building Size
  • 2 daysMinimum Stay
Sleeps 9, 3 Bedrooms + Bunkie, 2 Bathrooms, Very Very Private, Large Waterfront, Flat Property, Children/Elderly, WiFi, Satellite TV, Great Swimming, No Weeds,  Beautiful Sunrises, Cell Reception, Great Fishing, Fireplace, Large Portable A/C Unit, Includes Linens (not towels), Includes Cleaning Service (at the end of your vacation dates), Winter Accessible, Pet Friendly

The Portage Cottage is part of the historic Laidlaw Fort Ranch on Balsam Lake, bordered by 150 year old Dry Stone Walls. It is a treat to be so close to this historical feature to enjoy a car ride to take in the scale of the walls or go for a leisurely walk to absorb the intricacies of the stone work. The cottage property features over 400 ft of waterfront. If you enjoy privacy, you will find it here!

Due to the southeast exposure, the prevailing wind is offshore which makes for great swimming and boating on usually calm waters. Enjoy the relaxation of sitting on the dock or use the ladder to slip into the lake and relish swimming in the clear, clean water.

While inside, snuggle up in front of the beautiful double-sided stone fireplace in the living area. Enjoy meals on the large dining table while taking in the view of the lake. Be entertained by the extensive games and craft cupboard which is stocked full for a lot of fun for the whole family.
  • Winterized
  • Pets Allowed
  • Internet/WiFi
  • Accessible
  • No Smoking
  • Waterfront

Sleeping Arrangements

Bedroom #1

1 King Bed

Bedroom #2

2 Single Bed

Bedroom #3

1 Queen Bed

Bedroom #4

2 Single Bed


3 Bedrooms:
Bedroom #1: primary with king bed
Bedroom #2: 2 single beds
Bedroom #3: queen bed

Sofa bed: double (family/TV room)

Bedroom #4: 2 single beds (ceiling fan)

2 Bathrooms:
Bathroom #1: 1 x 4 pc (sink, toilet, tub/shower)
Bathroom #2: 1 x 2 pc (sink, toilet)

Each bedroom has a fan

Double sided fireplace (living room/den)

Cottage water: well water filtered – potable

Indoor entertainment: TV, satellite, Blu-ray, board games

Kitchen details: Fully equipped with dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, toaster oven, kettle and crock pot

Large portable A/C unit – stands on floor and vents out a window in main living area

Washer and dryer

Internet source: Starlink high speed
Quality of service: excellent
Works for streaming on Netflix and other web-based movies

Cell Phone Coverage:
Quality of service: good
Works for all major carriers


4 parking spots

Flat property with grass, shrubs and trees

Multiple outdoor seating areas

Natural stone patio out front with sitting chairs and a picnic table

Two Weber BBQs – one propane and one charcoal

Firepit with seating

Children/Elderly friendly


Dock: 30 ft – water is 5 ft at the end of dock – with ladder

Waterfront: 425 ft

Excellent swimming No weeds – few zebra muscles – may want water shoes for walking around in the lake


Cottage faces southeast


  • Cable TV/Satellite
  • Fireplace
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Firepit
  • BBQ
Cell reception
Flat property
Full kitchen w. dishwasher
Good swimming
No weeds
Pet friendly

Cottage Location

Activities Nearby

Kirkfield (8 km): short drive to general store, boasts the second highest hydraulic lift lock in the world at just under 50 feet

Coboconk (Coby) (15 km): Foodland grocery store, several restaurants and stores, two hardware stores, an LCBO and beer store, rent a boat at Thompson’s Marina, visit Canada’s smallest jail and the Coboconk Train Station (a historic Laidlaw site open for visitors from 1-3 pm during July and August)

Norland (25 km): shop at the couple of general stores and eat at the always amazing Riverside Restaurant – reservations are a must! There is a Tesla charger available there.

Fenelon Falls (25 km): stores including Sobeys, several museums, great antiquing and the Fenelon Falls waterfall

Kinmount (40 km): boasts the famous Highland Cinemas that shows all the new releases in a very cool museum-like space. We guarantee you will be amazed!

Golfing: there is a lot of golfing nearby

Rental Rates

Rental Rates include all booking fees and taxes (if applicable).

Maximum 9 people.

Families preferred - no loud outdoor music

High Season (Minimum 7 nights)
Weekly rate: $4500

Mid Season (Minimum 2 nights)
Weekly rate: $2500
Nightly rate: $790

Low Season (Minimum 2 nights)
Weekly rate: $2500
Nightly rate: $790

Premium Long Weekend (Minimum 7 nights)
Canada Day, Civic Holiday
Nightly rate: $890

Other Long Weekends (Minimum 3 nights)
Labour Day, New Year's
Nightly rate: $890

Other Long Weekends (Minimum 3 nights)
Victoria Day, Thanksgiving, Family Day, Easter
Nightly rate: $790

Winter Holiday Season (Minimum 3 nights)
Weekly rate: $4500
Nightly rate: $890

Extra Fees (Optional):
Cleaning Service: Included
Linens: Included
Towels: Not Included (clients are responsible for all towels)
Pet Fee: No charge for first pet, $75 for each additional pet

Method of Payment:
Interac E-Transfer (preferred method)
Initial deposit of 50% due upon booking
Outstanding balance + $1000 damage deposit due 28 days prior to checking in
Damage Deposit: To be refunded within 7 business days upon check-out

House Rules & Cancellations

REQUIREMENT: Before accepting or sending an offer, we will request necessary personal & group information. With this information, a Cottage Rental Agreement (CRA) will be issued (containing property & booking details) that will need to be signed by all guests (age 18+) staying at the cottage. Please read below for a “sample" Cottage Rental Agreement + Liability Waiver.

Terms and Conditions
(Specific terms and conditions may vary according to each cottage)

Cottage Cleaning
Unless extra cleaning service is purchased and specified in your contract, the cottage must be left in the same condition as you found it, ready for the next visitors (specific details will be in the final Cottage Rental Agreement).

All garbage and recycling disposal is the responsibility of the rental client. Garbage is to be placed in garbage bags/recycling boxes and stored safely so that animals cannot get into it. Information and location of the garbage dump specific to the cottage will be provided in the final Cottage Rental Agreement.

Water/Plumbing/Septic System
There are strict rules with regards to septic systems. Failure to follow these rules may result in thousands of dollars in repairs.
1. Only bodily waste materials and toilet paper can be flushed down the toilet. NO FEMININE/BABY PRODUCTS: TAMPONS, PADS, DIAPERS, WIPES.
2. Do not put any solid waste materials or grease down the sink drains.

As most cottages draw water from the lake and only some have water purification systems, you may wish to bring your own drinking water.

Camp/Cooking Fires
Small campfires are permitted as directed by the Ministry of Natural Resources. Please identify and adhere to local fire bans when imposed by local authorities (especially during dry/fire season). Do not burn plastic, tin cans, glass, or any other items that should not be in the fire. Always drown out your fire with plenty of water when left unattended, in particular before going to bed. For the use of firewood, there may be a charge from the owner, approx. $25.00 per cart/wheelbarrow.

No Extra Guests/Parties
If you plan on having any additional guests, you must request permission from the owner.

No Smoking
All of our cottages are Non Smoking of any kind in the interior (specific details will be in the final Cottage Rental Agreement).

If your pet has been approved by the cottage owner, you are solely responsible for its actions and whereabouts (specific details will be in the final Cottage Rental Agreement).

Damage Deposit
If there is any damage to the cottage the claim will be handled between the client and Airbnb.
If there are any noise complaints from the neighbours &/or if the Police are called to the cottage for any negative reason, the owner will have the right to hold back some or all of your damage deposit. Some of this money held back may or may not go to appease the neighbours who have been inconvenienced.

Cancellation Policy:
Any cancellation by the rental client must be in writing and emailed to Kawartha Cottage Vacations On receipt of such notice, we shall endeavour to re-rent the property for the period of the original booking. Any cancellation must be at any time but no less than 90 days prior to the original date of check in.
If we are successful in re-renting, the cancelling client will be reimbursed all original funds minus any shortfalls (the rental difference from the advertised rental rates and what the re-renting client has paid) & a $150.00 KCV Administration Fee.
If we are unsuccessful in re-renting the cottage, all original funds (minus the $150.00 KCV Administration Fee) can be put forward to another cottage rental, at this same cottage, within 1 year (no later than 1 year of your original rental date), during the same season of the next year, of the original rental date (based on availability and at the advertised rates in existence at the time of rebooking).
All “extra persons fees” are non-refundable
If the cancellation notice is less than 90 days prior to the check-in date, and we are unsuccessful in re-renting the cottage for the same dates, all funds will be forfeited. If, however, we are successful in re-renting the cottage for the same dates, the cancelling client will be reimbursed 50% of the original funds paid minus any shortfalls (the rental difference from the advertised rental rates and what the re-renting client has paid) & a $150.00 KCV Administration Fee.
If the outstanding balance of the rental fee as per the CRA is not received at least 28 days prior to the commencement of your rental period and you have not notified us to, the owner will have the right to cancel your reservation and your deposit is forfeited.

Amendment Policy:
Any amendment or revision to the CRA (Cottage Rental Agreement) requested by the rental client will be subject to a non-refundable fee of $30.00 for each amendment.

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